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DAYS Recap – Sept 10 – Sept 14th

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Sami asks Rafe how he feels about her, which leads to a fraught moment. EJ interrupts and pointedly asks Rafe about Nicole and the baby, successfully ruining the moment. Rafe abruptly leaves, but later finds he can’t get romantic thoughts of Sami out of his head. He encounters Lucas, and their conversation twigs Rafe to finally understand what EJ is doing – he’s using the fact that Rafe is (supposedly) the father of Nicole’s baby to drive a wedge between him and Sami. Rafe almost approaches Sami to tell her the truth, but for Nicole’s sake, pulls back. EJ makes his strong feelings clear to Sami, and is so romantic and persuasive she finds herself swept up in his plans. Later, those plans are aborted when Hope informs EJ he must resign as mayor. He does so, but makes a very pointed comment about wanting to spend more time with his family – and it’s clear he means Sami.

Nicole watches as Daniel passionately defends Jennifer to a bitter coworker, Anne. Nicole later “subtly” reminds Daniel that Jennifer will never get over losing the love of her life… Jack. She also shares her big news: her baby is a boy. She asks Daniel to be the godfather, and he accepts, based partly on his bittersweet memories of Parker. Nicole is confident the baby will draw them together, and later urges Daniel to feel her baby kick.  Jennifer is upset that Daniel seems angry with her. Kayla thinks he’s just preoccupied but wonders why Jennifer is so bothered by it when they are just friends. Jennifer snaps at her, then quickly apologizes. She admits to Kayla she’s been on edge lately, ever since Jack’s death. Later, Kayla and Abe have a nice encounter as they talk about her taking over Lexie’s old job as hospital Chief of Staff. Melanie is stunned by Chad’s proposal and thinks he’s doing this because Nick is getting released from prison. Chad denies. He just loves her and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. He gives Melanie time to think it over, and she seeks advice from Abigail.

Hope brings Nick to Maggie’s house. By the terms of his parole, he has to stay with family. Maggie, of course, agrees to take him in. Later, Melanie comes looking for Maggie, and comes face-to-face with Nick. Abigail comes on to Cameron but then pulls back again. He voices his understanding that she’s still not over her grief and guilt about her father, but Abigail doesn’t want to talk about it. He backs off. Abigail regrets pulling back and leaves a sexy voicemail for Cameron, which Jennifer overhears. Jennifer tries to counsel her daughter, making sure they are being safe. This leads to an argument in which Abigail blurts she’s a virgin.

Melanie receives an unexpected shock when she stops by the mansion to visit Maggie but comes face-to-face with Nick instead. Seeing her reaction, he takes a step towards her – only making things worse when she recoils in fear. Maggie arrives and asks Nick to give her a moment alone with her granddaughter. Maggie is beyond apologetic and says she wanted to warn Melanie that Nick had moved in. Melanie quickly denies she was frightened, insisting she was only surprised. Nevertheless, she is clearly shaken. She returns home to Chad and finally accepts his marriage proposal.  Apologetic Nick tells Maggie it would be better for everyone if he found another place to live. Later, while looking for a job, he runs into Caroline and the tension is instantaneous, given their history. He apologizes for letting her take the rap for Trent’s murder all those years ago and knows he must prove to her – and everyone else – that he’s changed. Caroline surprises Nick by offering him a job at the pub, where he can demonstrate just how dedicated he is to turning his life around.

Jennifer and Abigail have a fight, fueled by the grief they’re both feeling over the loss of Jack. Jennifer leaves and is overcome with emotion… and that’s when Daniel finds her. He lends a sympathetic ear, allowing her to vent her frustrations. Nicole finds them and is very wary. Once alone with Jennifer, Nicole is blunt: Jennifer hurt Daniel horribly once and if she cares for him at all, she’ll let him heal and not draw him in now that she’s alone.  Daniel feels Nicole’s baby kick. The moment is interrupted by Brady’s arrival.

Sami gets a nasty reminder via Kate that the way she bounces from man to man has left a lot of wounded exes in her wake. She resolves that Rafe has moved on and deserves to be left alone. When EJ shows up at her door, she tells him it’s time they picked up where they left off, and they make a romantic date for the next night.

EJ spends the day multitasking – on the one hand he is prepping for a romantic evening to win over Sami and on the other, he is starting the ball rolling to take legal action to get custody of Nicole’s baby. These two agendas come together as EJ plans to use Rafe’s alleged paternity – a likely deal-breaker for Sami – to take his rival out of the running for her affections.  Nicole confides her feelings for Daniel to Rafe. He encourages her to be honest with Daniel – the secret they share about her baby’s paternity could be threatened if Rafe, Nicole and Daniel start keeping secrets from one another. Nicole calls Rafe on his growing feelings for Sami. She encourages him to take his own advice, to be honest with himself and go after what he wants. Later, Rafe shows up at Sami’s, hoping to talk her out of her date with EJ.

Sami puts Will in the loop about her possible reconciliation with EJ. Will is reluctant to give romantic advice but he cautions his mother to look before she leaps. Later, Will finds out from T that Sonny is interested in him. Meanwhile, Adrienne is dismayed when Sonny reveals he has feelings for Will.  Melanie bristles at the men in her life -Chad, Daniel and Brady – who are being too overprotective. Daniel finds out Melanie is engaged to Chad, and does his best not to flip out, even though he fears the engagement is a knee-jerk reaction to Nick’s parole. Jennifer and Brady both ditch their group grief counseling session, and end up consoling each other over a friendly snack.

Sami reacts to Rafe’s declaration that EJ is not the man for her. Sami, inwardly hopeful, asks who Rafe thinks she should be with if not EJ. Rafe, unable to acknowledge his feelings for her, blurts no one. He suggests to an offended Sami that she concentrate on her kids. Sami insists reuniting with Johnny and Sydney’s father would benefit her children, but Rafe disagrees – she and EJ are toxic together. Plus, EJ will never change. He will always be working an ulterior motive. Sami points out Rafe doesn’t want her to be with EJ – but at the same time, he doesn’t want her, either. So what is she supposed to do? Rafe is hit and starts to leave. But then, in a surprising moment, he pulls Sami into a searing kiss. When they finally come up for air, both are stunned… and Rafe quickly exits, leaving behind a bewildered Sami. When EJ finally shows up for his date with Sami, he asks if she’s ready to go… and she hesitates.

Sonny questions Adrienne about her negative reaction to him saying he has feelings for Will. She explains that while she adores Will, she feels like he comes with too much baggage – namely his parents. She also feels that with all of his issues, Will isn’t ready for a relationship. She’s privately relieved when Sonny admits Will rejected him. Meanwhile, Will finally gets T to reveal that Sonny is into Will and was never with Brian. Will heads over to the coffee house, where he tries to clear the air with Sonny, but he’s interrupted by Chad, who tells them about his engagement to Melanie and asks them to be groomsmen. Chad realizes Melanie might ask Gabi to be in the wedding and quickly leaves. Will finally confesses to Sonny that he thought he and Brian were a couple – but T set him straight. Sonny freezes, wondering what else T told him. Will indirectly lets Sonny know he’s aware that Sonny likes him – and Will feels the same way.

Gabi meets Nick at the pub and is stunned to realize who he is. Nick is straightforward with her and earnest in his desire to prove he’s a changed man. Gabi is affected. Also, Bo learns Caroline hired Nick and supports her decision.  Melanie shares her good news with Abigail and Gabi, asking them to be in the wedding. Stuck, Gabi is forced to accept the offer. Chad rushes in and pulls Gabi away from the girls, telling her there’s no way she’s going to be in the wedding. It’s over. At the same time, Abigail and Melanie stop by the pub. Melanie is unsettled when they run into Nick and learn he is working there. Chad and Melanie celebrate their engagement with EJ. Chad asks his brother to be his best man.

Rafe is churning inside, not sure how he feels in the aftermath of the kiss he shared with Sami. He makes an attempt to vent his frustrations and talk it out with Brady but remains just as torn as before. Meanwhile, EJ gets an unwelcome surprise when Sami tells him she can’t go on their date. She’s flustered off kissing Rafe and makes up an excuse that doesn’t hold water. EJ quickly realizes this is about Rafe. His temper flares but he quickly reins it in, claiming he can be patient. Once alone, however, he reveals his true rage. He finds Rafe and challenges him… and the men look ready to duke it out over Sami.

Nicole hates the idea of Jennifer and Daniel working together and does what she can to derail them from getting any closer. She tells Maggie that Jennifer isn’t coping well with Jack’s death and suggests Maggie take her out of town on a vacation. Maggie shoots down the idea. Meanwhile, Daniel impulsively intervenes on Jennifer’s behalf with Anne and later, when it gets back to Jennifer, she overreacts, with Nicole’s lectures about staying away from Daniel ringing in her head. When Nicole hears how Jennifer jumped down Daniel’s throat, she nearly jumps for joy. Seizing the moment, Nicole manages to turn comfort into something more and kisses Daniel… just as Jennifer decides to seek him out and apologize.

Chad threatens to expose Gabi for what she did to Melanie if she doesn’t get herself out of the wedding. Gabi finally stands up for herself, telling Chad that if he does tell Melanie the truth, it’ll inevitably come out that he’s known for a while and kept it from her. Gabi opens up about how she felt about Chad, saying she felt led on to a degree. She takes responsibility for what happened but it wasn’t all completely her fault. Chad is left having to let Gabi continue with plans to be a bridesmaid. When Melanie comes home, she tells Chad how Maggie thinks she’s only marrying him as a reaction to Nick’s return. Melanie assures him it’s not true: she’s with a loving, honest man and she wants nothing more than to marry him. Chad stuffs his guilt.

Will and Sonny finally realize they’ve been working at cross purposes and are attracted to one another. They’re full of anticipation for what’s next, both resolving to take things slow.

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LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Will and Sonny scenes!!! Chandler and Freddie were perfect and it was so great to see their amazing chemistry on full display! So glad that WilSon has finally begun! Just hope they don’t take it too sloooow. BTW, the only thing wrong with the scenes was the Will/Gabi sex flashback (ENOUGH ALREADY) and having Will see Gabi right after the sweet hand holding with Sonny. Total mood killers. Hope we see lots more sweet WillSon couple moments (minus Gabi), and some real kissing soon!!!

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’s’ Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso Deliver the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when beloved and iconic Days of our Lives’ couple, Bo and Hope, reunited in heaven on the Peacock streaming series Beyond Salem Chapter Two. The five-episode limited series brought back Peter Reckell in his role of Bo, Kristian Alfonso as Hope, and even Scott Shilstone as Zack, plus Andrew Masset as Larry Welch!

Decades later, bottom line: Reckell and Alfonso still create on-screen magic as the couple known as ‘Bope’.  In story, when Hope is shot, she lands in heaven where she meets up with the great love of her life, Bo.  While together, they come to realize their reunion is limited as Hope needs to return to the living which makes the whole thing even more hankie-inducing.  Sprinkle in their dance (choreographed by Dancing with the Stars pro, Alan Bersten) to Bo and Hope’s signature song, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You”, and longtime fans of the couple are eating it up.

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Later, in heartbreaking scenes, Hope is reunited with her grown-up deceased son, Zack.  As with Bo, Hope must leave her son behind again, but Bo and Zack tell Hope they will all be together someday.

Individually, there were also some very strong performances from both Reckell and Alfonso.  Bo struggled to watch on the live feed what was happening to his ‘Fancy Face’ at the hands of Harris Michaels (Steve Burton) back on earth, and his devilish meeting with judge and juror, Larry Welch was a surprise.  Alfonso shared tender and confrontational scenes with her on-screen daughter, Victoria Konefal that were extremely poignant and well-played.

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For all of these reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Peter and Kristian’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

Additionally, major kudos go to the Beyond Salem writing team for hitting the right notes that brought out the best in Peter and Kristian … and how about that ending? Will Bo be completely resurrected from his cryogenic state?  From a tweet from Reckell over the weekend, it looks like there could be more Beyond Salem in his future.

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Peter expressed:Thanks 2 everybody who joined us for Beyond Salem 2 ! We had so much fun preparing this for you and we’re happy you were able to come along for the ride! With any luck, this is just the beginning of an amazing adventure. I love reading all the comments, there is so much history.”

So, do you agree with our picks of Peter and Kristian as the ‘Power Performance of the Week’? What did you think of their scenes throughout ‘Beyond Salem”? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two’: Did Megan’s Hunt for the Three Prisms Bring Back the ‘Love of Her Life’?

In the final episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two we were left with a chilly cliffhanger, and we will get to that in a moment.

However for starters, the fifth installment gave several members in the ensemble cast some heart-tugging and emotional moments including: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Victoria Konefal (Ciara), Steve Burton (Harris), and Christopher Sean (Paul).

In story,  a doctor and nurse are talking about a cryogenic capsule with the DiMera Enterprises label on it.  The doctor shares that when Megan (Miranda Wilson) has all three prisms, they should be able to bring the patient back to life.  The nurse has concerns over the patients brain tumor in the capsule.  The doctor explains the prisms collectively will help treat ‘him’.  We were to believe, at first, this was Stefano? But, clearly it has to be Bo (Peter Reckell)!

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Meanwhile, Megan is in Montreal, having revealed herself to Hope! She tells Harris to grab the prism out of Hope’s cleavage.  After he does what he is told, she then tells Harris to shoot Hope!  He pulls the gun on Hope.  Now, Harris is welling up with tears.  Does he love Hope Williams Brady, like, for real?  Next thing you know, he passes out and Megan takes off.

Harris, who has now been arrested, gets a visitor, and it’s none other than Hope.  She wants him to sign divorce papers, while he gets emotional.  He apologizes to Hope, saying Megan ordered him to kill her, but that he did not want to.  Hope is not buying it and furious that Harris kidnapped Steve (Stephen Nichols) and John (Drake Hogestyn) and John is MIA.  Harris says he thinks Megan did something to change him and that he wasn’t always like this.  Hope says she will speak to the ISA and Shane Donovan on his behalf and heads out.

At the gala in Hong Kong, Wendy (Victoria Grace) is held captive by a trance-like John and Steve. Li (Remington Hoffman) then gives John the prism.  Joey (Tanner Stine) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) manage to out maneuver Steve as Li holds the gun on him.  However, John has taken off.  Later, Marlena (Deidre Hall) injects a captured Steve to try to get him ready for some hypnosis to undo his brainwashing as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) looks on.

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Now in Caracas, John shows up at Megan’s with the prism.  She adds the prism to the other two to make it perfect, and to enable her to help revive the cryogenic patient. Just then, Andrew (Colton Little) and Paul bust in with guns in tow.  Megan directs John to kill them. Next, comes a showdown between Paul and John as Paul tries to talk John into remembering him, and the father/son relationship they have.  It begins to work on John, but as he is starting to remember, Megan fills the room with gas and escapes with the three prisms wearing a gas mask.  Later, after Andrew and Paul wake up, and make sure each other is O.K., they check on John who is now back to his normal self.

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On the docks, Hope says a final farewell to Ciara and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  Before they part ways, Hope hears, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You” playing from the boat.  It brings her to tears, and to flashbacks of her time dancing in heaven with Bo.

Elsewhere, Andrew comes to say goodbye to Paul before he heads back from San Francisco to D.C.  The two share a passionate kiss.

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In heaven, Angela (Loretta Devine) has some unbelievable news for Bo! Because he gave his ‘second chance’ to Hope, he is going to get a ‘second, second chance’.  Bo does not know exactly what that means! But we do, right?

As Beyond Salem Chapter Two comes to its conclusion, Megan is with the doctor next to the cryogenic chamber frustrated that even with all three prisms they haven’t worked yet.  The doctors tells her the body inside has been in this state for years and that she needs to be patient.  It is then, Megan reveals that she has been patient for forty years and she wants to be reunited with the love of her life.  After everyone has left the room, the cryogenic chamber door opens.  We see what appears to be an alive Bo Brady! Did the prisms and Megan’s plan resurrect him … or will that be short-lived? Credits roll . .. and this edition of ‘Beyond Salem’ leaves us with a major heart-stopping cliffhanger!

So, what did you think of episode five of ‘Beyond Salem: Chapter Two’? Do you think the plan is for Peter Reckell to return as an alive Bo on the mothership, or in the next iteration of ‘Beyond Salem’ … or is it all a big red-herring? Share your theories in the comment section.

But first, cast your vote in our latest Michael Fairman TV poll and let us know what you thought of  ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem 2″!

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2’: Hope Reunites with Bo and Zack In Heaven

Thursday’s episode of the Peacock streamer, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2 was must-see for all Bope fans, and you definitely needed the hankies to get through it!

In touching and heartbreaking scenes and performances, Bo and Hope along with their son, Zack were all reunited in heaven, but it was to be short-lived. Along the way in this timeless love story and hovering between heaven and earth, major kudos goes to Peter Reckell (Bo) and Kristian Alfonso (Hope) for bringing all the feels, all the memories, and continuing to show us why they, as Bo and Hope, are an enduring part of soap opera history.  Kudos also to Scott Shilstone (Zack), who once again brought the emotion to every moment he shared with his on-screen parents.

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In story, after Hope is shot by hit man Thomas Banks (Eileen Davidson), during her wedding to Harris Michaels (Steve Burton), Ciara (Victoria Konefal) and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) hover over Hope’s lifeless body. Megan Hathaway (Miranda Wilson) has appeared, and wants to make sure she gets the prism, and the joy of seeing her nemesis, Hope, dead.

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Once Hope “dies” she arrives in heaven, where she is reunited with Bo.  An emotional Bo is so happy and overjoyed to see Hope, but tells her it’s not her time and she has to go back to the living.  At first, Hope doesn’t want to leave Bo.  Next, Bo consults with Angela (Loretta Devine), to see if he could give Hope the ‘second chance’ ticket that he received.  Meanwhile, Hope comes face to face with her son, Zack.  Now that he is all grown up, Hope is overcome.  She lost him as a little boy when he was struck by a car, thanks to Bo’s daughter, Chelsea Benson.

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After Bo and Hope dance to their signature song, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You”, a montage is shown of iconic moments of the couple through DAYS’ history.  Then, it’s time for the final goodbyes.  In tearjerker moments, Bo and Hope say goodbye to each other for now, as do Hope and Zack. Bo and Zack look on as Hope goes returns to the living.

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Once back on earth, Angela hits the rewind button for a different outcome, since as she had explained to Hope and Bo earlier, Hope won’t remember a thing that happened in heaven.  Now, as Thomas is about to shoot Hope, none other than Sister Mary Moira (Eileen Davidson) appears and stops him.  Looks like his sister had some common sense, only their struggle over the gun leads to Harris being shot.  But then, Harris fires a shot at Ciara.

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Ben knocks the gun out of Harris’ hands, but it’s picked up by Megan who demands Ben let him go. A shocked Hope exclaims, “holy shit!” when she realizes Megan Hathaway is somehow alive!

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Meanwhile at the gala in Hong Kong, a hypnotized and in-a-trance, Steve (Stephen Nichols) and John (Drake Hogestyn) – thanks to Megan – arrive on the scene and tie- up their wives, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Marlena (Deidre Hall), in a room. Next, Steve and John head out to the gala with guns ready and drawn to capture the prism that Li Shin (Remington Hoffman) just revealed to all the attendees.

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The fifth and final installment of ‘Beyond Salem 2″ drops Friday.

Now let us know in the comment section, what did you think of the Bo, Hope and Zack scenes in heaven? The performances of Peter Reckell, Kristian Alfonso and Scott Shilstone? Share your thoughts below.

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